A piece of paper that says 'Vaccinated by the Lord.'

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What’s up with this viral ‘Vaccinated by the Lord’ card?

'If the Lord has vaccinated me, why in the hell have I had 5 bouts of pneumonia?'

 

Kahron Spearman

Internet Culture

Posted on May 13, 2021   Updated on May 14, 2021, 9:47 am CDT

An anti-Trump meme depot has delivered yet another wild photo, showing a “Vaccinated by the Lord” card that’s apparently been produced and passed around by anti-vaccine, COVID-denying evangelists.

It was shared by “Maggie,” who runs the @Stop_Trump20 meme handle. It boasts 160,000-plus followers. (The Daily Dot has reached out for comment. The origins of the “card” are unknown at this time.) 

The card has become a social media touchpoint on how specific sets of Christians perceive COVID, especially in some highly problematic interpretations of religious obligation. It’s been found recently that pro-Trumpers (who can often be found in the same Venn diagram as the reported makers of this card) have been forging vaccine cards.

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The “card” itself has “Vaccinated by the Lord” as the header with a checkmark indicating the person is “Protected by The antibody of Jesus Christ Our Lord.” At the bottom it reads “Isaiah 53:4-5” and “You have been Vaccinated by Christ. His Blood Protects From All!”

Isaiah 53:4-5 reads, via the New International Version: “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. (5) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”


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Many noted the problematic reference to Old Testament verses and that St. Luke was himself a doctor who likely would’ve helped find a cure for the ill.

The widely-noted-online conundrum is the notion that this evangelical deity could not have also sent the vaccine and other safety measures. It seems many are seeking the literal voice of Jesus Christ, suddenly unaccepting of the idea of signs and signaling that the Bible describes being adhered to by various prophets.

One tweeted regarding the “Vaccinated by the Lord” card: “Evangelicals always portray God supporting either the dumbest or the most sociopathic choice when faced with options.”


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*First Published: May 13, 2021, 2:39 pm CDT